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The Legal Department articles are not intended to serve as legal advice and are offered for educational purposes only. The information provided should not be used as a substitute for independent legal advice and it is not intended to address every situation that could potentially arise. Please be aware that laws, regulations and technical standards change over time. As a result, it is important to verify and update any reference or information that is provided in the article.
California is one of many states that allow for minors to consent to certain healthcare on their own. This article will discuss issues related to minors’ rights to consent to mental health treatment and disclosure of minors’ confidential treatment.
This article describes the scope of practice and scope of competence for Marriage and Family Therapists. The article also discusses marijuana and marijuana derived products as well as psychedelic therapy.
This article provides recommendations and suggestions that a therapist may choose to utilize to ensure competent and sound best practices.
This article discusses the topic of independent contractors, including relevant legal factors to consider regarding their use. Consideration is given to a recent California Supreme Court decision concerning the classification of independent contractors.
This article summarizes the changes in law that go into effect January 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020 regarding supervisor qualifications, duties and requirements
The MFT licensure process can be daunting and complex. This article provides a guide for those on the road to MFT licensure.
Patients travelling to other states while in therapy creates many legal issues for the therapists trying to help them, but must all communication between a therapist and a patient who travels out-of-state cease? In this article, David G. Jensen, JD discusses the “follow-up communication” doctrine, which seems to grant therapists some flexibility in interacting with patients who are temporarily in other states.
This article discusses a variety of issues that therapists commonly encounter involving fees, payments and insurance. The article points out key legal and
ethical issues which are relevant to fee setting, reduced fee agreements, collecting copayments, billing insurance, and other topics, and offers suggestions to clinicians which are intended to avoid problems in such areas.
This article will explore some of the legal, ethical, and practical considerations that MFTs to be mindful of when serving in a crisis response role when providing mental health services.
This article will review relevant ethical standards, the types of dual relationship and boundary violations that tend to prompt the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to take disciplinary action, ways to avoid liability, common exclusions in professional liability insurance policies, and potential consequences for inappropriate relationships with clients.